Maryland, Baltimore, Locks Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Maryland, Baltimore, Locks Funeral Home Records, 1936-2005
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Funeral Home
Collection years 1936-2005
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of funeral home records from the Locks Funeral Home in Baltimore for the years 1936 to 2005.

Funeral records are generally a late nineteenth, early twentieth century record. Embalming within the United States was not a widely accepted practice until the Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Most funerals prior to the early twentieth century were a family and friends event taking place at the decedent’s home with burial taking place within twenty-four to forty-eight hours of death. Funeral homes or parlors were not used and caskets were made by the local cabinet or furniture maker. Large cities are more likely to have earlier funeral home records. Most rural areas did not have funeral homes until the early twentieth century. Funeral directors are now responsible for initiating and filing the death certificate. Since the 1950s, many funeral homes have merged with other firms or gone out of business. Funeral records are generally recorded in the locality where the person resided or is buried. They were not used by the general population until local regulations required embalming and the use of a funeral home became a generally accepted practice.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maryland, Baltimore, Locks Funeral Home Records, 1936-2005.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Funeral records may include death certificates, ledgers, obituaries, and miscellaneous loose papers.

  • Name, age and race of deceased
  • Death date and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Burial date and place of deceased
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Name and birth place of father of deceased
  • Maiden name and birth place of mother of deceased
  • Name of informant
  • Date and place of funeral
  • Date and place of burial
  • Religious preference
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Names of other relatives or friends
  • Copy of obituary or notes used to prepare obituary
  • List of newspapers where obituary was placed

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  • The name of the individual
  • The date or place of residence

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • If the funeral home does not have a death certificate, search for the actual record
  • Use the information found in the funeral record to search for a birth or marriage record
  • Search for military, land, and probate records
  • Search for an obituary and cemetery records

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  • Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Maryland, Baltimore, Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007." Images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 25 January 2018. Locks Funeral Home, Baltimore.
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